Data Expert Warns Encryption Laws could have Catastrophic Outcomes

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A University of Wollongong data expert has labeled the government's proposed encryption laws delusional and warns they could have catastrophic consequences.

The changes would force technology companies to help police access encrypted messages.

Professor Katina Michael, from the School of Computing and Information Technology says the powers are unprecedented and have no oversight.

She is speaking to ABC reporter Kelly Fuller.

Citation: Katina Michael with Kelly Fuller, “Rushed Encryption Laws Herald a Watering Down in National Security”, ABC Illawarra: Radio, 6 December 2018, https://soundcloud.com/kelfuller/data-expert-warns-encryption-laws-could-have-catastrophic-outcomes

K5's Experiential Robotics Goes Wrong

The war between robots and humans is heating up

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Dr Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong. She considers the K5 to be a sinister development and has been following its progress since 2013. She’s notes how they look somewhat like the dreaded Daleks from Doctor Who – without the weaponised arm.

What are you meant to do? Take out your umbrella and start hitting it?
“If you see one coming toward you,’’ says Professor Michael, “what are you meant to do? Take out your umbrella and start hitting it?’’

At trade shows, she’s seen a K5 trip on a buckle in the carpeting and fall over. “The question is when they take a different form in the future…. When they can walk like a human. Then it becomes a different proposition. It doesn’t look so harmless. They’re more mobile. They can be tripped … but get up again.’’

She notes that K5 robots were first trialled by Microsoft and Uber. The Uber connection is significant because the ride-share outfit has disrupted the regulated taxi industry by baldly flouting the law. Surveillance robots are being launched upon us in much the same lawless way.

“It’s autonomous, gathers information and is capable of behavioural analysis. It’s a grave invasion of privacy. They are danger to society because they will develop awareness over time. For the first time we have an autonomous system that can follow humans.’’

The Robot Who Could Get You Out of a Parking Fine

19-year-old Joshua Browder in the UK has developed a "free lawyer robot" which based on input information generates a letter to appeal parking fines. It is believe the robot has successfully appealed $3 million in parking fines.

Dr Katina Michael, Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Wollongong, talks to Nick Bosly-Pask on 936 ABC Hobart Drive about how far could this technology could go and what are the implications in light of other AI's like Amazon Echo and "Hello Barbie"

Katina Michael with Nick Bosly-Park, February 26, 2016, ABC Hobart Drive, https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/the-robot-who-could-get-you-out-of-a-parking-fine